NS. Hi hon. I noticed on a recent trip to Las Vegas that there’s a runaway-truck ramp along the Cajon Pass. How often are ramps used? Do trucks get stuck on ramps and have to be towed? And are there any injuries to the drivers? Can the car use the ramp if needed?
– Carol Walling, Fountain Valley
a. The ramp, approximately 1,200 feet long and parallel to I-15 on the south side, is three miles from the peak. The north side, because of how it’s sloped, doesn’t require a ramp.
“The truck escape ramp is made of half an inch to an inch of rock,” said Terry Kasinga, a Caltrans spokeswoman. “Caltrans maintenance teams maintain the truck ramp and inflate the material. …
“If a vehicle or truck enters the ramp, a tow service will remove the vehicle as they are normally unable to drive once in the cliff,” she said.
From January 1, 2019 to mid-November, it was used five times, twice by trucks and three times by cars, Caltrans records show.
The ramp is “very effective” Michael Tovsen, an official and spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol in that section told Honk.
“I personally haven’t seen any injuries, and I’ve asked officers who have been in the office for almost 20 years who haven’t seen any injuries from using the ramp.”
Was it okay for those cars to use the ramp?
“As long as it’s an emergency … the escape ramp can be used by any vehicle,” Towsen said, citing brake failure as an example.
Definitely sounds like an important tool – an out-of-control semi with a trailer hauling down Cajon Pass through traffic is a bad, bad idea.
NS. Good morning Honorable: I live in Santa Ana, and over the past year it seems like there are florists and other vendors in the middle of every major square. Are there any laws to stop this? Some of the medians seem too small, and I’m concerned about safety – or would it be a sad accident to make some changes?
– Bob Walker, Santa Ana
a. In your town, Bob, vendors must not sell their goods from the street median.
Selling, moving, or vandalizing a ledge is against the city’s municipal code and may come with a warning or citation. cpl Sonia RojoSpokesperson of the Police Department.
If you see a salesperson on the median, you can call the non-emergency line for the police department.
Paul EakinsA city spokesman said such a scenario “could pose a threat to public safety.”
Street vendors can sell their goods on public sidewalks and in city parks, as long as they comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act; For example, they cannot block wheelchair ramps on public sidewalks.
In addition, Eakins said they must have a business license from Santa Ana, and comply with requirements set forth by the OC Health Care Agency if selling food.
As in other parts of Southern California, if you see someone on average, Honk suggests calling the local police agency’s non-emergency line as well.
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